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Vol VI May 2005

Village Green Apothecary is committed to guiding you on your journey to optimal wellness by providing the latest research on health, nutrition and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the following health topics...


Sweet News about Hot Cocoa

Researchers at Cornell University have shown that the popular winter beverage contains more antioxidants per cup than a similar serving of red wine or tea and may be a healthier choice. Many recent studies have touted the health benefits of red wine and tea, all of which are known to be high in antioxidants. Although researchers have been aware for some time that cocoa is also rich in these compounds, its relative contribution in comparison to other beverages has been unclear until recently.

[Cocoa Has More Phenolic Phytochemicals and a Higher Antioxidant Capacity than Teas and Red Wine Lee, K. W.; Kim, Y. J.; Lee, H. J.; Lee, C. Y.; J. Agric. Food Chem.; (Article); 2003; 51(25); 7292-7295.]

Purple Berries Pack Potent Antioxidant Punch

Researchers say among all common fruits and vegetables, berries have the highest antioxidant concentration, especially those with dark-colored skins. Although the antioxidant content of red and blue berries has been well studied, researchers say less is known about so-called purple berries, such as elderberry, black currant, and chokeberry.

[Characterization of Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanidins in Some Cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and Their Antioxidant Capacity Wu, X.; Gu, L.; Prior, R. L.; McKay, S.; J. Agric. Food Chem.; (Article); 2004; 52(26); 7846-7856.]

Too Much Grape Juice Could Cause Iron Deficiency

The same antioxidant compounds in dark grape juice that are noted for their health benefits in fighting heart disease may have a downside, according to new research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In cell studies, scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University found that polyphenols in purple (also called red) grape juice can inhibit the uptake of iron, which could increase the risk of iron-deficiency anemia.

[Red Grape Juice Inhibits Iron Availability: Application of an in Vitro Digestion/Caco-2 Cell Model; Boato, F.; Wortley, G. M.; Liu, R. H.; Glahn, R. P.; J. Agric. Food Chem.; (Article); 2002; 50(23); 6935-6938.]

Study Finds Ginkgo Beneficial For Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Ginko biloba is among several complementary and alternative medicine therapies being investigated by OHSU's Department of Neurology for their effects on symptoms of neurological disease. Studies have ranged from clinical trials of lactoferrin for treating Alzheimer's disease to the use of yoga as a therapy for MS fatigue. Many MS patients have long suspected that ginkgo improves disease symptoms. In a recent survey of 1,913 patients in Oregon, 20 percent reported using the supplement and 39 percent found it to be beneficial. However, until now, there was no evidence the supplement had any effect on memory.

Clinical Herbalist, Margo Schneider, M.A. Joins the Village Green Apothecary Team

You may have noticed a new team member at Village Green Apothecary in the last few weeks. We'd like to officially introduce Margo Schneider, M.A. Clinical Herbalist to you. Margo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Botany from Towson University. Having recently received her M.A. from the first graduate degree program in Clinical Herbalism in the United States, she stands at the cutting edge of healthcare. Highly trained in biomedical science as well as the principles and practice of Western Herbalism, she bridges the gap between conventional practitioners and traditional healers. Her unique training enables her to provide comprehensive individual care to her clients through developing personalized herbal and nutritional protocols. Margo’s extensive clinical experience combined with her rigorous training in the quality and safety of medicinal herbs makes her a leading expert in the field. Margo is often available to speak to customers in-store, and is taking an important role in arming our other staff members with the right knowledge for your best health.



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